Shannon passed away on December 28th. She will be cremated in the dessert and Buddy will take her home to Laguna Niguel.
Janet Bruckner Maronde: Shannon is survived by her soulmate Buddy Ferguson (happily married since 1967) and her two children, Jill and Jeff. She was a very successful real estate broker in Laguna Beach where they moved after living for many years in Arcadia. Her business was still booming at the time of her passing and she had no plans to retire any time soon. I was privileged to have spent a wonderful week with Shannon and some of our very close high school friends in New Orleans in November. She was feeling fine and we had a host of terrific adventures making new memories and reminiscing about our long years of friendship and trips together. It’s so hard to say goodbye – we will miss her very much!
Shannon’s work colleague, Natalie Williams, adds: It is with deepest sorrow and broken hearts that I am writing this email to you all. Friday, December 28th 2018 marks a very devastating day as Shannon Ferguson has passed away.
Monday, December 17th Shannon passed out while vacationing with her Husband at a home they rented in Palm Desert. Shannon was admitted to the Neuro ICU as she was unconscious with massive amounts of blood in her brain. Shannon fought in and out of consciousness that week as the family & I waited for the blood to be drained enough out of her brain so we could understand more what happened. Shannon was able to hear us and squeeze/rub our hand from time to time and we all told her how very much she was loved. Christmas morning, the family found out that the severity of permanent damage would go far beyond Shannon’s wishes but then that night, the results of the tests finalized the hardest decision to make. Shannon had a softball size tumor attached to her kidney, a tumor on the bottom of her lung, and a tumor in her brain. They believe she had cancer throughout her body that traveled to her brain and caused the bleeding.
Thursday, December 27th Shannon’s breathing tube and other devices were removed so she could pass naturally on her own. Shannon was surrounded by her family loved ones and is suffering no more.
During this unimaginable time, please allow the Ferguson family to grieve this enormous and unexpected loss.
PLEASE FEEL FREE to contact me via email, phone call, or text message: 949-540-8151. I am 100% here for you all as Shannon has been my boss, mentor, friend, and most importantly considered a family member to me for the past 7 years.
This is a total and utterly shock to us all. Shannon appreciated each and every one of you and had a special place in her heart for every client, friend, and family member. Shannon’s fierce and beautiful presence was felt by everyone she met. She will never be forgotten.
Once the details of Shannon’s Memorial service are known, I will send another email blast.
Judi Haley Schoppmann put together a wonderful remembrance collage to honor Shannon. Classmates Dale Thomas, Janet Maronde, Laurie Owen, Barbara Zinner, Mindy Meifert, Karen Wilson, Pamela Jensen and Liz Lee appear in some photos.
Comment from Carole Sprague Cotter: I’m especially saddened to hear about the passing of Shannon Cargo. We were in Brownies and Girl Scouts together and it brings back so many old memories.
One I’d like to share is an overnight out to Joshua Tree. My Mom was troop leader and responsible for all the girls. Next thing she knows is looking up at the top of a mountain of rocks and Shannon is waving, “Hello, Mrs. Sprague”. Mom was not happy. Shannon was always at the front of the group, outgoing and fun-loving.
My condolences to her family.
Carole Sprague Cotter
Comment from Rick Bliss: Shannon was a respected darling.
Aloha dear miss, Rick
Comment from Sally Phillips Crawford
Thank you for keeping me posted. Shannon’s death was such a surprise. It appeared she lived a full, wonderful life without the knowledge of things that were not quite
right with her health. I think that might have been better. She had a long, loving marriage and wonderful friends. I value my childhood friends very much. I certainly send my love to her family and friends.
Sally Phillips Crawford (Tucson)